I am delighted to say that planning for our 2019 Annual Meeting is already well advanced. Details will be published later in the year but I can confirm that we will be visiting Paris during the week of April 29th.
Last month Julia, Mark and I spent two days visiting potential hotels and golf courses in and around the Parisian suburbs and I believe we have come up with a great location and some superb golf.
To work with the golf course availability we will be making a change to the usual Annual Meeting schedule. Next year the President’s Cup will be played on Monday and Tuesday, 29th and 30th April, with the EIGCA Conference taking place on Wednesday 1st May.
We have been lucky enough to secure two fantastic courses for our golf. The first round of the President’s Cup will be played at Golf de Saint Germain, a classic and substantially unchanged Harry Colt course, while the second round will be at this year’s Ryder Cup venue, Le Golf National. We believe that our 2019 Annual Meeting has all the potential to match the success of this year’s event.
My thanks go to Mark Adam for the huge amount of time and effort he has put in to help us with the organisation.
We can confirm that the next EIGCA Continual Professional Development Seminar will be held at the end of November. It will once again take place over two days at the Sofitel Hotel at London Gatwick Airport, on the 28th & 29th November.
The seminar will follow a similar format to our previous event in 2016, with an afternoon start after lunch on the 28th, dinner and an overnight stay and finishing mid-afternoon on the 29th. The Professional Development Committee will provide more information on speakers and the presentations as soon as these are finalised.
The CPD Seminar has been highlighted by our Partners as one of the major attractions of being part of our Partnership programme and this will be the first opportunity for us to introduce at least two of our newest Bronze Partners. Please make a note of the date in your diary for what will undoubtedly be an informative couple of days.
At the Senior Open Championship in St Andrews last month Christoph Staedler and I had the pleasure of presenting legendary golfer Bernhard Langer with the EIGCA’s Harry Colt Award to recognise his outstanding contribution to European golf. The presentation took place at the Old Course Hotel with Bernhard’s family in attendance and various other guests, including Steve Isaac of The R&A.
Bernhard Langer has had an amazing career with over 100 tournament victories, two Masters titles and ten Senior Major wins. He has been a winning Ryder Cup Captain, played on ten Ryder Cup teams and is one of the most respected golfers ever to have ever played the game. Through his tremendous success, Bernhard has been an inspiration to golfers throughout Europe for nearly four decades and has been a major influence on the development of golf in Germany and elsewhere on continental Europe.
Before the presentation Christoph gave a passionate speech, not only highlighting Bernhard’s importance to the development of European golf generally, but also explaining how Bernhard’s win at the 1985 Masters had been a major influence on his own career as a golf course designer.
Bernhard Langer was genuinely moved to receive the award and said: "I am honoured to receive the Harry Colt Award from Europe’s golf course architects. It was in 1980 that I won my first golf tournament on the European Tour and I really do hope that in the intervening years I have been able to inspire others to take up this great game. It is wonderful to be recognised in this way and I am deeply grateful to the EIGCA and its members for this award."
Our thanks go to the Langer family, the European Tour, Gordon Simpson (SportMate), photographer Mark Alexander and the Old Course Hotel for their help and assistance in making the event such a success.